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COMMUNITY COLLEGE SOFTBALL ROUNDUP : Cypress Gets Sixth Straight State Tournament Berth

Cypress earned its sixth consecutive trip to the State tournament with a 4-0 victory over El Camino in a Southern California playoff game Saturday at Cypress.

Jenny Lopez (22-9) pitched a five-hitter for Cypress (43-15), which starts play in the State tournament Friday in Visalia.

The Chargers won the State title in 1991, were third in 1992 and second last season.

Cypress scored twice in the third and added two runs in the fifth. Jennifer Allchin, Alison Murphy and Lopez each had two hits for Cypress, which had nine. Murphy and Lopez each scored a run.

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Cypress reached the title game by beating Pasadena, 4-0, and El Camino, 4-3, Friday.

El Camino beat Pasadena, 5-1, Saturday to face Cypress in the regional final.

In other playoff games:

Mt. San Antonio 2, Orange Coast 0--Host Orange Coast, faced with having to win four games in one day to advance to the State tournament, won only two.

OCC beat Grossmont, 7-3, then came back to beat College of the Canyons, 8-5, before losing to Mt. San Antonio (32-11).

Mt. San Antonio’s Tara Midgett (30-8) pitched a one-hitter against the Pirates. She walked three, including two in the seventh, before getting Stefanie Ritchey to ground out to end the game.

Nicole Shammas, the most valuable player in the Orange Empire Conference, had OCC’s only hit when she singled up the middle in the first inning.

Mt. San Antonio scored in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Alicia Allen and in the sixth on Michelle Daddona’s RBI single.

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The Pirates (31-15), the Orange Empire Conference champions, lost in the first round, 4-3, to Canyons.

“We just didn’t hit in the third game,” OCC Coach Nick Trani said. “We were ready to play. Give the credit to Mt. SAC.”


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